Markaziy Stadium or since March 2012, Buxoro Arena, is the multi-purpose home ground of FK Buxoro who currently compete within the Uzbek League which is the highest tier of football in Uzbekistan.
The multi-purpose arena first opened in 2002 under the name of Buxoro Sport Majmuasi stadium, however it was later renamed to the Buxoro Arena in March 2012 after FK Buxoro – the resident football team, and primary users of the stadium.
Designed to accommodate as many sports as possible, the playing field features an athletics track around the perimeter of the pitch.
Although constructed very much in the outdoors mould, this stadium bucks the trend of other Uzbekistan grounds by featuring roof coverage across each stand – at least within the central sections anyway!
Slightly less than a decade after opening Markaziy Stadium receive a large amount of investment in preparation of the Under 20’s Women’s World Cup in 2012. Buxoro Arena was renovated to international stadium standards as defined by FIFA.
Rather sadly Buxoro Arena was never given the opportunity to host international football after FIFA stripped Uzbekistan of the hosting rights on 18th December 2011. issues”. The tournament was subsequently awarded to Japan as a result “a number of logistical and technical issues”.